ECA National Conference Newsletter

Applications to present—update

Applications to present at the 2019 ECA National Conference are currently being reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. As a result of the application deadline being extended, the reviewing process has also been extended and applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-March.

ECA Awards

Why attend the 2019 ECA National Conference

Our conference will open you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skills. We look forward to welcoming past and new attendees to Australia’s most comprehensive early childhood event.

‘Do I have to be an ECA member to attend?’
The ECA National Conference is open to anyone associated with the early childhood sector. Every session is packed with useful advice applicable to every early childhood professional—it is not just for ECA members.

‘I really want to attend but it’s too expensive’
Attending the 2019 ECA National Conference will inspire ideas that can help boost your practice and the services that you offer to children and your community. The conference is the largest early childhood conference in Australia and it offers a wide range of options for educators, directors and executives that cover every aspect of the sector. The sessions at the ECA conference dive deep into theories and practice, with speakers presenting cutting edge research. The end result is that attendees will take home with them, or back to their service, the latest ideas for improving their practice.

‘I have found that my attendance at the conference has reignited my desire to build my professional knowledge and extend myself further in the field of early childhood. The presentations and classes on offer at the conference match the journey I have mapped out for myself within the sector. The support, knowledge-sharing and opportunities that stem from the conference are endless and inspiring’ 
— 2018 ECA National Conference attendee

‘I am already watching similar content in webinars online’ 
The 2019 ECA National Conference is taking place in Hobart, Tasmania. Although we feel that nothing quite matches an in-person experience—meeting other sector professionals or networking directly with conference speakers and having the opportunity to ask targeted questions—we do realise that various factors like the limited number of tickets might restrict attendance. However, in 2019, for the first time, you won’t have to settle for similar content in webinars, as you will be able to view a selection of the actual content from the Conference online via a virtual delegate pass! We are also working hard to provide additional benefits to the 2019 ECA National Conference virtual delegates to enhance the experience.

‘I’m not sure if I can justify having that much time away from work’
By dedicating time to experience the ECA National Conference, you will be able to focus and fully immerse yourself in ‘learning mode’, which will allow you to execute what you learn faster and give you new ideas. When you return from the event, you can deliver a presentation on what you have learnt and how it can be applied to your workplace or service.

Register now!
ECA members receive a discount on Conference registration!
To learn more about ECA membership, or to join, please click here.

HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards Dinner

Join us at Wrest Point, Sandy Bay, Tasmania on Thursday 26 September 2019 for the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

The HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards acknowledge the front-line educators and carers at the very heart of Australia's early childhood education system. Finalists will be recognised across the categories of Advancing Pedagogy and Practice, Outstanding Graduate, and Building Inclusion. 

Open to all delegates, partners and guests, the Awards dinner will be a night of celebration and inspiration. Tickets can be purchased for $110 during the Conference registration process.

Sponsorship and exhibition

Sponsorship packages and exhibition booths are selling quickly! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2019 ECA National Conference—secure your package today!

Sponsorship and exhibition packages

Subsidised booth initiative

ECA is offering a small number of subsidised exhibition booths, to support organisations that otherwise would not be able to exhibit at the conference. The subsidised booth initiative will provide an opportunity to smaller not-for-profit organisations and community groups to participate in the 2019 ECA National Conference.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.

Official airline partner 

Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the 2019 ECA National Conference being held in Hobart, Tasmania. Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partners special discounted airfares. Easily book your tickets online via the dedicated booking portal on your conference registration travel page. When booking, please use the allocated code to access these airfares.
Please note: Multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline, and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long-distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world-class customer service, Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Hobart for the ECA National Conference in 2019.

Register today and you will receive a link to book your flights at a special rate.